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Jeremiah 16:1-6 (English Standard Version)

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Famine, Sword, and Death

1 The word of the LORD came to me: 2 "You shall not take a wife, nor shall you have sons or daughters in this place. 3 For thus says the LORD concerning the sons and daughters who are born in this place, and concerning the mothers who bore them and the fathers who fathered them in this land: 4 1They shall die of deadly diseases. 2They shall not be lamented, nor shall they be buried. 3They shall be as dung on the surface of the ground. 4They shall perish by the sword and by famine, 5and their dead bodies shall be food for the birds of the air and for the beasts of the earth. 5 "For thus says the LORD: 6Do not enter the house of mourning, or go to lament or grieve for them, for I have taken away my peace from this people, my steadfast love and mercy, declares the LORD. 6 Both great and small shall die in this land. 7They shall not be buried, and no one shall lament for them or 8cut himself 9or make himself bald for them.
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